This week, Tibetan Buddhist monks are on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus to share their traditional sand art with students and friends of the university. The monks, from the Drepung Gomang monastery in Mundgod, India, are spending a week creating a traditional sand mandala. This ancient art form is created and then ceremonially destroyed to symbolize the Buddhist belief that nothing in life is permanent. The monks are on a tour of the United States to spread their message of peace and compassion while showcasing Tibetan culture and raising funds for their monastery.
The weeklong event at DePaul began Monday, Oct. 3, and runs through Friday, Oct. 7. Visitors can watch monks construct the sand mandala in the Center for Intercultural Programs in room 105 of the Student Center (2324 N. Fremont St., Chicago).